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What's On in Shrewsbury this Weekend? March 17th - 19th
15 Mar 2023

What's On in Shrewsbury this Weekend (March 17th - 19th, 2003)? A new dance festival over at Shrewsbury School, a stage show at Theatre Severn based on bestselling novel and film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, some great live music, plus the Farmers Market is back in The Square. 

On All Weekend

It’s the John Weaver Festival of Dance this weekend at Shrewsbury School, in celebration of the ‘Father of English Ballet’ (March 17 - 19). John Weaver was a highly esteemed choreographer and producer who was born in Shrewsbury in 1673 and is buried in Old St Chad’s Church - with a lifetime of contributions to dance and artistic expression in between!

This new festival offers a weekend of dance with multiple events in the Barnes Theatre and an exhibition of Weaver’s work in the Moser Library, plus a lecture on the history of dance by baroque dance specialist Moira Goff.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - a joyous stage show based on Deborah Moggach’s best-selling novel and hit film comes to Theatre Severn (March 14 - 18).Tickets £13-£42. 

Also at Theatre Severn’s Walker Theatre this weekend is 13 The Musical, with Curtain Call Juniors (multiple showtimes, March 18 & 19). 

On screen at the Old Market Hall this weekend is What’s Love Got to Do With It? (12A) - about a documentary maker (Lily James) who charts her best friend’s journey towards arranged marriage. 

Friday, March 17th

The pupils of Packwood Haugh School will perform in a free lunchtime concert at St Chad’s, 12.30pm. 

Children’s Voices Across Shropshire will be at Shrewsbury Abbey from 6.30pm. This musical charity concert will see youngsters aged 5-16 come together from across the county to perform and give thanks for mental health support through counselling. Tickets £5 for adults, U16 free. In support of the Teen Talk and Child Chat counselling services provided by Crane Quality Counselling. 

Enjoy a Groovy Motown Cruise on Sabrina Boat from 7pm, returning to the 60s for a 3-hour river cruise with fully stocked bar (until midnight). Tickets £19 

Saturday, March 18th

Shrewsbury Farmers Market

Shrewsbury Farmers' Market returns this Saturday, from 9am in The Square

The Phoenix Singers presents ‘Allegri Miserere’ in St Chad’s Church from 7.30pm with a programme including Mendelssohn ‘Hear My Prayer’, Bach ‘Furchte Dich Nicht’, Scarlattti’s ‘Stabat Mater’ and music by Lotti, Bruckner, Mauersberger and Macdonald. With Anthoney Pinel (organ) and conducted by David Thomas. Tickets are £15 (U18s free) HERE

The Shrewsbury Farmers Market returns to The Square, with a chance to stock up for the weekend with top quality local produce, 9am to 3pm. 

Sabrina Boat is afloat again with the Bohemian Rhapsody Revival, from 7pm. Enjoy top Queen & 70s hits for this 3-hour river cruise with fully stocked bar. Tickets £19 (18+).

Sunday, March 19th 

The Tina Turner Tribute ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ at Theatre Severn on Sunday is now SOLD OUT. 

There’s a Michael Buble tribute, Jamie Flanagan, at The Buttermarket, 2pm. A Mother’s Day delight, perhaps?!

Plus there’s An Evening of Song in the Maidment Auditorium, Shrewsbury School, from 7.30pm, with classical soloists, small operatic ensembles, cabaret numbers and the Chamber Choir. Entry is free but please book via the link provided. 

Exhibitions

Bear Steps Art Gallery Photographer and fine artist Adam Guiel art is exhibiting on the balcony and link room with his ‘Views from the Unconscious’ inspired by mental health and the world around us. Contemporary artist Jon Young is in the main gallery (both until March 26) with his paintings of people and places in a bold, colorist style.

The Moon exhibition

The Moon - Special Exhibition - Shrewsbury Museum, The Square (until April 16)

This special exhibition invites us to discover 5,000 years of humankind's fascination with our celestial neighbour. You’ll re-live historic moments in lunar discovery and exploration and encounter astonishing objects, including real, touchable moon rock.

Meeting Place - a joint exhibition at Glou Glou Wine Bar, 17A Castle Gates (until May 7)

Featuring artist Jane Beesley & photographer James Warman. Jane moved to Shropshire in 2002 and first fell in love with painting in 2020 - winning the inaugural Art Competition at the Belle Vue Arts Festival the following year, dazzling the judges with her abstracted landscapes. James Warman’s expressive photography takes in fleeting moments, street scenes, abstract landscapes, nature and more.

Nature Connections -The Hive, Belmont (until March 21)

An exhibition by the not for profit social enterprise Lovelyland, presenting artworks produced from its 2022 support programme, including crochet, mosaic, poetry and film-making.

Ebb & Flow - The Gateway, Chester Street (until March 24) A collection of eclectic abstract art from artists Emma Sherry from Oswestry and Susie Davies from Craven Arms. Both artists use acrylics and mixed-media with multiple layers and textural detail. Their work has a great sense of movement and energy and embraces the unexpected!

Coming Up…

Graham Gould

Leading Shropshire trumpeter Wendy Jones will give a free lunchtime recital at St Alkmund’s this Tuesday at 1pm (March 21). Don’t miss Turandot (ROH Live) on screen at OMH (March 22) or live music at Theatre Severn on Wednesday (March 22) with 10CC’s Graham Gouldman (pictured above) and the ELO Experience (March 23). Looking ahead to next weekend, it’s the Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival taking place in central locations in Shrewsbury (March 24-26).

And Shrewsbury Choral & Shrewsbury Sinfonia will be performing Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 - Shrewsbury Abbey (March 25). Also next weekend, there’s another Made in Shropshire Artisan Fair in The Square and a Late Night at Shrewsbury Market Hall (both March 25).